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MRR Radio #1481 • 11/29/15


November 29th, 2015 by

Lydia goes solo, has a nervous breakdown revelation and decides to flee the country. Behold a botched personal retrospective with a bunch of records, bands and labels she’s been obsessing over recently. Some are new, some are old, some may or may not be on her Year End Top Ten for the wretched year 2015.

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Lydia jams some of her 2015 obsessions and then some

Lydia jams some of her 2015 obsessions and then some

El Nuevo Sonido Balear
ORDEN MUNDIAL – Desesperanza

Early Morning Street Fighting OST
SANG – Hem Perdut la Vida
BARCELONA – Pasión
LA MISMA – Kanizadi

“Write a Manifesto, Write a Shopping List”
DIÄT – Young and Successful
SPERMA – Züri Punx
THE SUBURBAN HOMES – Conformity in the UK

Trip to Oi! Land
RIXE – Infatigables
SYNDROME 81 – Contre Vents et Marées
NO TAG – Legalised Dogs

No Peace for the Wicked
FRAU – No Time
VOĈO PROTESTA – Rasisto Bastardo
TRAU – Me Vull Equivocar

Music to Have Sex to
TELEDENTE 666 – Panned Sexe
STRASBOURG – Jaguar
CIUDAD LINEAL – Impulso

Positive Ecstasy
IMPALERS – Tracers
S.H.I.T. – Bliss
THE LOWEST FORM – Negative Ecstasy

Fresh of the Press
CØNDITIØN – Beckoning Reaper

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!



Record of the Week: La Misma


November 6th, 2015 by

LA MISMA – “Kanizadi” LP
This is so perfect just go buy it now—just do it! LA MISMA from New York are a force to be reckoned with and, after just one 7” and a few demos, this ferocious full-length hurtles through the punk universe like a blazing comet! I can’t single out one song on this record because the consistency and character—the bite!—is found in every song. Each jam packed with pogo power, this is short and fast, heavy and solid, structured but crumbling under the intensity of the execution. A commendable homage to the CRISIS guitar sound, fueled by UK82 punk power and laced with the venom of ’80s Italian punk, but never limited or overshadowed by those influences. The guitar mixes creeping hooks and solos with frontal-attack riffs. The hypnotic bass booms and rumbles with the power of a coming earthquake. The stomping, cymbal-crashing drums are crude and commandeering like a primeval instinct. The vocalist spits, squeals and yelps, all passionate Portuguese delivery and transfixing impressionistic lyrical content. The result is spine-chilling, catchy and driving all at the same time. The production works around the core sound like a Rubik’s cube doing every element justice—the twisting guitar distortion, the bristle and weight of the bass, the dissonance in the vocals, the pitch and punch in the drums. 18 minutes and 53 seconds of white-knuckled, jaw-clenching, hair-raising energy that has my mind and body positively ecstatic. Comes with a 28-page booklet and A2 poster designed by the vocalist. For fans of: good fucking music! Exceptional! (Lydia A)
(Toxic State / La Vida Es Un Mus)



Reissue of the Week: 92 – “Cenzura/Cukrarnar”


August 19th, 2015 by

92 – “Cenzura/Cukrarnar”
The travel back in time continues! Next stop: Ljubljana, Slovenia circa 1978. Like many bands from former Yugoslavia, 92—who get their name from the police’s phone number, the equivalent to 911 in the US—fuse new wave sounds with reconstructed regional and traditional musical elements, all filtered through punk with a keyboard twist. 92 were informed by, but not dependent on or limited to, bands such as the CLASH, SEX PISTOLS and STONES, and concepts such as nihilism, Dadaism and social critique. Their logo of the number 92 inside a triangle charms and perplexes me despite its simplicity. This results in upbeat tracks with layers of choppy and grazing guitars, dancey drums alongside swelling bass, and soulful, raw organ riffs haunting the whole thing. The lyrics are critical and sharp. “Cukrarnar” (“Sugar Works Man”) tells the story of a “raged vagrant on the street […], he’s dirty and full of trash, in sugar works every night he spends, but then he wakes up on the bench.” “Cenzura,” which discusses the issue of state censorship, is slightly darker, with its dense opening riff and staccato keyboards. “Basically you corrected everything on your own.” The keys are wonderfully expressive, tying this whole concept together in a unique manner; at times sounding almost like a child’s melodica, at others more like a breezy church organ, or carrying the frenetic beat in an almost accordion-at-the-fair fashion. Their collected works LP, which was released in 2013 also by NE! Records and reviewed in these pages, is definitely worth checking out if you have an interest in early European punk, but this 45 works as an excellent introduction to this extraordinary band. Two tracks that are equal parts vibrant demonstration as they are creative exuberance. As always, comes in a beautiful packaging, with lots of pictures and translated lyrics. Check out their interview in MRR #378 and hvala NE! Records for doing such a great job! (Lydiya)
(NE!)



Reissue of the Week: Blitzkrieg


August 5th, 2015 by

BLITZKRIEG – “Apel” EP
Croatia, our distant love affair continues! Underrated, shambolic protest punk from Zagreb. BLITZKRIEG formed in 1984, then a year later recorded their four-track demo in two days. All four are on this nice slab of wax, and fuck if they aren’t all really good. The recital intro to “Apel” (“Appeal”) from the bleach-blonde, leather-clad singer is giving me chills—it’s annoyed and determined and snarky and passionate. “This is an appeal to reality.” A rockin’ riff rolls in and the gritty mid-tempo has me sucked in. The singer is kind of dragging his voice, sniggering between lyrics, while the guitars are kind falling apart in a warm wave of basement fuzz. “Tko je kriv?” (“Who is to blame?”) is a certified jammer, with its chopped up guitars and impatient vocals: “Who is to blame for the quiet agony of society?” All tracks have been remastered but I enjoy the graininess to this recording; it’s so analog and intimate, it adds character and depth, of which they already have ample. Comes with translated lyrics and cool pictures—some seminal Yugo punk! (Lydiya)
(NE!)



MRR Radio #1450 • 4/26/15


April 26th, 2015 by

Lydia and ten lovely punk boys from the YOUTH AVOIDERS (Paris, France) and DRY HEAVES (Sheffield, UK) finally manage to record a radio show after technical difficulties and too much beer!

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Intro song:
YOUTH AVOIDERS – Affliction

Pour le Gloire: Lydia and the lads from Youth Avoiders and Dry Heaves

Pour le Gloire: Lydia and the lads from Youth Avoiders and Dry Heaves

Bry (Dry Heaves)
MAU MAUS – Society’s Rejects
THE ACHTUNGS – I’m Not the One
VAARALINEN – Kaupunki Palaa

Max aka Digital Octopus (Youth Avoiders)
GUILTY RAZORS – Provocate
DETERGENTS – No Salvation
CAMERA SILENS – Pour la Gloire

Avi (Dry Heaves)
NOT ON TOUR – Oded
SMARTUT KAHOL LAVAN – Magnetic Storm
THE KIDS – Rock Over Belgium

Chris (Youth Avoiders)
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE EST – Bulldozer
JOHNNY CHILDSTAR – If You Touch

Bastien (Youth Avoiders)
TAULARD – Dans la Roche
SEDATIVES – Cannot Calm Down

Christoph (Youth Avoiders)
IDLE HANDS – Gaunt But Overdosed
JUSSUF JERUSALEM – We Ain’t Coming Back
KOMPLIKATIONS – Sans Sentiments

Marcon (Youth Avoiders)
GASMASK TERROR – Cold War
HERÄTYS – Äääh

Ross (Dry Heaves)
RIXE – Coups et Blessures
THE ABUSED – Drug Free Youth
TOTALITÄR – Intolerans

Fids (Dry Heaves)
SOCIAL CIRCKLE – Third Shift
SHARP OBJECTS – Another Victim
RADIOACTIVITY – Locked in My Head

Marc (Dry Heaves)
SIEVEHEAD – Shadows

Outro song:
DRY HEAVES – Monotony

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!